EXPERIENTIAL COURSE IN COMMUNITY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

For more than fifty years the idea of community has been at the heart of the PA. From the experiment at Kingsley Hall to its current therapeutic households, the PA’s work has always involved a shared attempt to deal with the hardship of emotional distress through the practice of living together. 

When the PA was set up, its counter-culture mission was to find an alternative to psychiatric treatment and mental hospitals. All these years later the world has changed beyond recognition. Mental hospitals have mostly been closed down but they haven’t been replaced by a more enlightened and communal approach to suffering, as RD Laing and other PA founders hoped they would be. Instead cost-cutting quick fixes and a punishing work ethic are the order of the day. Community as a therapeutic ideal remains as elusive as ever in today’s fragmented, competitive and increasingly digital world. Yet the need for it is more and more urgent.

 

But it isn’t as easy as saying that community is good and marginalisation is bad. It is possible to feel at home in prison and in prison at home. Bands of outsiders – a gang or an addicts’ self-help group – may be much more tolerant, cohesive and healing than golf clubs or churches. The shared experience of adversity often creates a powerful solidarity, while shared privilege can be divisive and alienating. Thus thinking about community must also involve thinking about how one group impacts, threatens, ignores, deprives another. Community presupposes conflict.

 

This course serves as both as a stand alone certificate course and an introduction to the PA (including its houses)

You will encounter various modes of group work to explore group dynamics and what goes on between us.  Seminars will frame topics to discuss but the heart of the course is experiential, comparative learning about group formats and dynamics – and their relationship to the politics of the wider society. 

Held at the PA premises in Hampstead, north London, the course takes place over six weekends spread out over the academic year. It will be possible to apply to the one year Diploma in Community and Psychotherapy and the  Psychotherapy training from the Experiential Course.

APPLICATION AND FEES

 

Application is by interview. Please contact courses@philadelphia-association.com and office@philadelphia-association.com

The course costs £840 plus a £50 interview fee. There are a limited number of bursaries available for students surviving on low income.

For further Information contact  courses@philadelphia-association.com or office@philadelphia-association.org.uk.

 

WEEKEND 1

Saturday 17 October 

11 - 12.30 Welcome & Introduction to the course 

Lucy King, Andrea Heath

1.30 - 3. The PA past and present

Barbara Latham 

3.30 - 5 Experiential Group

Lakis Georghiou 

Sunday 18 October 

11 - 12.30 The ‘foreigner’, ‘homelessness’ and ‘homecoming’- with particular reference to the work of Heidegger, Levinas and Kristeva - in the context of Psychotherapy  

Melike Kayhan 

1.30 - 3 Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson 

3.30 - 5 Experiential Group

Lakis Georghiou. 

WEEKEND 2

Sat 28 November 

11 - 12.30 Zoom and its discontents

Nick Mercer 

1.30 - 3 What is Community ?

Jake Osborne 

3.30 - 5 Experiential Group

Lakis Georghiou 

Sunday 29 November 

11.00 - 12.30 Suicide, community and trust

Ben Scanlan

 

1.30 - 3  Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson 

3.30 - 5 Experiential Group

Lakis Georghiou 

Winter/spring 2021

WEEKEND 3

Saturday 9 January  

11 - 12.30 Gender

Ellie Guedalla & Andy Metcalf 

1.30 - 3 Women’s narratives

Christina Moutsou

 

3.30 - 5 Experiential group

Lakis Georghiou 

Sunday 10 January 

11.00 - 12.30 Thinking about Solitude and Community with reference to the current pandemic

Alison Davies & Fliss Cadbury 

1.30 - 3 Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson 

3.30 - 5 Experiential Group

Lakis Georghiou. 

WEEKEND 4

Saturday 6 March

 

11 - 12.30 Community Scapegoat

Del Loewenthal 

1.30 - 3 Politics of Exclusion

Nicola Saunders 

3.30 - 5 Experiential Group

Lakis Georghiou 

Sunday 7 March 

 

11 - 12.30 Psychoanalysis for movements of liberation

Ian Parker. 

1.30 - 3 Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson

 

3.30 - 5 Experiential Group

Lakis Georghiou 

Spring/summer 

WEEKEND 5

Saturday 24 Apri

 

10.30 - 12.30 Family Constellations

Paul Zeal, Carol Zeal. 

1.30 - 3 Social class and psychotherapy

Paul Gurney 

3.30 - 5 Experiential Group

Lakis Georghiou 

Sunday 26 April  

11 - 12.30 Being Exiled

Salma Bhatti 

1.30 - 3 Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson 

3.30 - 5 Experiential Group

Lakis Georghiou 

WEEKEND 6

Saturday 5 June 

11 - 12.30 Rescued Communities

Emma Stroker

 

1.30 - 3 PA Communities - What was I doing there?

Hilary Cooper

 

3.30 - 5 Experiential group

Lakis Georghiou 

Sunday 6 Jun 

11.00 - 12.30 Art Therapy 

1.30 - 3 Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson 

3.30 - 5 Experiential Group

Lakis Georghiou